Personal History as a City Portrait

Sabeena Gadihoke and Paromita Vohra  |  20 March 2016  |  Delhi

This conversation looks at urban narratives that get formed out of personal histories, through three distinct image-making practices. Sabeena Gadihoke will present explorations of urban space in Bombay and Delhi in the 1950s and 60s through the work of Homai Vyarawalla – India’s first woman press photographer. Paromita Vohra will talk about her television series ‘Connected Hum Tum’, where Mumbai women discuss their lives and preoccupations by making video-diaries. Ayisha Abraham will discuss found-footage practice where personal, often intimate images acquire significant meaning over time and become a record of culture.


Sabeena Gadihoke is Associate Professor of Video Production at the AJK MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She started her career as an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson. Her film Three Women and a Camera won awards at Film South Asia at Kathmandu (1999) and the Mumbai International Film Festival (2000). She was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University during 1995-6 and has published widely. Her book on India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla, Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (Mapin/ Parzor Foundation) was published in 2006. Gadihoke has curated several shows on photography including a retrospective of Homai Vyarawalla at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore during 2010-11. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the still and moving image and she has written on contemporary documentary films, photo history, popular visual culture and female stardom in Bombay cinema.

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